reading response

iBooks Author has its limitations

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Girard does a fairly decent job of reviewing the iBooks author application, but there were a few things that he neglected to mention. I was glad to see that he mentioned the slow nature of Apple's review process for newly produced ibooks and this has been an often mentioned downside to the ibooks creation experience. I wonder what that review process consists of? I can only imagine that Apple gets bombarded with hundreds of new books to review every day, and this makes me think that this process will remain a slow one for quite some time.

The Pros and Cons of iBooks Author

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This article presented several ideas that will be useful in the development of my book project, especially since I don’t know much about iBooks Author in the first place. For example, I learned a lot about layout. Not all pages in a specific section must have the same layout. This will give me some versatility and allow me to create visual appeal to my pages. I also like that there are word processor features such as spell check, chart creation, tables, etc. Other nifty features include the PDF support for images, the availability of widgets, video content, and the 3D content.

Knowing My Own Limitations

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Reading through Girard's review had me categorizing and noting things I should be aware of moving forward in my work with iBooks Author. Sadly, I find that I'll be limited in more ways than I expected to be... I'm tempted to administer a System Usability Scale (SUS) to evaluate iBooks Author and see how well it performs. Either that, or I've been spending too much time working on usability studies.

Notes to self:

Textbooks

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The main thing that interested me about the iBook article was its focus on textbook-like books. Which makes sense, seeing as iBooks seems to be geared towards textbooks. This is a problem for me, however, because I plan on making a children's book for my individual project. It doesn't seem to support as many large picture-small text overlay formatting. My idea of this might change once I am able to play around with the software, but this article shows that it may be difficult. That being said, I do see the benefits of using iBooks author if you want to create a textbook.

Print Fetishes

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I used to have a print fetish. And I still do, in a way. I love the way books look on my bookshelf and the knowledge that I've read, or at least started, almost all of them. I love having the classics in nice editions decorating my shelves, even though I can get most of them free on my Kindle. And when I get published, I want to have my book in hardback, not just on my Kindle. As far as publishing goes, I think a physical book just makes it more real, especially for a burgeoning author.

The History, The Fetish

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Lee Bessette describes reading a printed piece of writing as a “thrill.” When she received the book with her article in the mail in printed form, she was very excited, as most people would be. I have to admit, I would be more excited to receive an article I published in hardcopy form rather than digital. This “print fetish” or “lingering hegemony of print” is a key component to what we are examining in our class. It is as though it is a phenomenon. Why are people so reluctant to accept this new form of technology when every other piece of innovative technology takes off in this society?

Online Articles

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I want to respond to Lee Bessette's "Print Fetish" article with another article (found here) mostly because her tweet about "the 'temporary' nature of the digital" is, in some cases, dead on. The article that I posted I was asked to read for another English class in order to grasp a better understanding of online literary magazines.

"Text means Tissue"

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The future of the book is as a fetish-object-- I think Bessette makes this case compellingly. By referencing Barthes' notion of "Text means Tissue" she provides a highly extendable metaphor: pages as flesh, language as embodied in print, physically inscribed ideas being absorbed through the senses in a private, intimate exchange. It's all very sexy.

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